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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:53 EST from rss

Subject: The death of Molly-ism

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John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania. The Molly Maguires, an Irish secret society that had allegedly been responsible for some incidences of vigilante justice in the coalfields of eastern Pennsylvania, defended their actions as attempts to protect exploited ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:24 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Lexington, Tennessee

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On this day in 1862, Confederate cavalry leader General Nathan Bedford Forrest routs a Union force under the command of Colonel Robert Ingersoll on a raid into western Tennessee, an area held by the Union. With the main Union army in the region occupying northern Mississippi, Confederate General ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:39 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon announces start of

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Following the breakdown of peace talks with North Vietnam just a few days earlier, President Richard Nixon announces the beginning of a massive bombing campaign to break the stalemate. For nearly two weeks, American bombers pounded North Vietnam. On December 13, peace talks between the United ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:28 EST from rss

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On this day in 1968, the musical film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”opens in New York City. The movie featured Dick Van Dyke, who had made a splash four years before in the Disney musical “Mary Poppins”and whose eponymous TV show had been a hit since 1961. Its real star, however, was Chitty Chitty Bang ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:18 EST from rss

Subject: States give thanks

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The new United States celebrates its first national day of thanksgiving on Thursday, December 18, 1777, commemorating the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga after the surrender of General John Burgoyne and 5,000 British troops in October 1777. In proclaiming the first national day of ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Battle of Verdun ends

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The Battle of Verdun, the longest engagement of World War I, ends on this day after ten months and close to a million total casualties suffered by German and French troops. The battle had begun on February 21, after the Germans—led by Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn—developed a plan to ...

[#] Mon Aug 30 2010 12:43:03 EDT from rss

Subject: National Hockey League (NHL) opens its first season

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On this day in 1917, four teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) play in the fledgling league’s first two games. At the time of its inception, the NHL was made up of five franchises: the Canadiens and the Wanderers (both of Montreal), the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs and the Toronto ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:22 EST from rss

Subject: Last lunar-landing mission ends

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The Apollo lunar-landing program ends on December 19, 1972, when the last three astronauts to travel to the moon splash down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 17 had lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, 10 days before. In July 1969, after three years of preparation, the National Aeronautics ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:38 EST from rss

Subject: Continental Army enters winter camp at Valley Forge

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With the onset of the bitter winter cold, the Continental Army under General George Washington, still in the field, enters its winter camp at Valley Forge, 22 miles from British-occupied Philadelphia. Washington chose a site on the west bank of the Schuylkill River that could be effectively ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:58 EST from rss

Subject: Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China

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In the Hall of the People in Beijing, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement committing Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong–a small peninsula and ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:34 EST from rss

Subject: President Clinton impeached

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After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:27 EST from rss

Subject: North Vietnam condemns Linebacker raids

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Hanoi’s foreign ministry, calling the new B-52 raids against Hanoi and Haiphong “extremely barbaric,” accuses the United States of premeditated intensification of the war and labels the actions “insane.” On December 13, North Vietnamese negotiators walked out of secret talks in Paris with National ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:25 EST from rss

Subject: Another bloodless coup topples the government in Saigon

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Another bloodless coup occurs when Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh and a group of generals led by Air Commodore Nguyen Cao Ky and Army Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu arrest three dozen high officers and civilian officials. The coup was part of the continuing political instability that erupted after the November 1963 ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:32 EST from rss

Subject: Washington leads troops into winter quarters at Valley Forge

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On this day in 1777, commander of the Continental Army George Washington, the future first president of the United States, leads his beleaguered troops into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Things could hardly have looked bleaker for Washington and the Continental Army as 1777 came to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:20 EST from rss

Subject: John Ford

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Offered in the guise of a Western film, John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn, one of the best post-war critiques of American society, is released by Warner Brothers. John Ford was born Sean O’Feeny in 1894. He moved to Hollywood from Maine in 1913 and soon began picking up ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:10 EST from rss

Subject: Ahmadinejad bans all Western music in Iranian state television and radio broadcasts

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The first known pronouncement by a public figure regarding the potential of popular music to act as a socially destabilizing force comes from the first century B.C., when none other than the great philosopher Plato wrote, “When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake.” Many ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:45 EST from rss

Subject: Poor Richard

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On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published Poor Richard’s Almanack. The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America, selling an average of 10,000 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:25 EST from rss

Subject: A Christmas Carol Is Published

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On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published. Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown into debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. The miserable ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:10 EST from rss

Subject: Titanic sails into theaters

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On this day in 1997, director James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic, the story of the real-life luxury ocean liner that struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, opens in theaters; it will go on to become the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:02 EST from rss

Subject: Pennsylvania miners perish in coal mine explosion

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A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, kills 239 workers on this day in 1907. Only one worker in the deep mine at the time survived the tragedy. The Pittsburgh Coal Company set up the Darr mine on the side of a mountain near the Youghiogheny River. The mine was almost two miles deep ...

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